Health, Science, Psychology
Courier-Journal.com - By Angie Fenton
Most reputable therapists and medical doctors who work with transgender individuals follow the Harry Benjamin Standards of Care, developed by the late physician, who was one of the first to work with transgender people.
The goal of the standards is to provide "lasting personal comfort with the gendered self in order to maximize overall psychological well-being and self-fulfillment."
Not all transgender individuals seek professional help. But for those who do, a timeline might look something like this:
Today.Reuters.com - By Corinne Heller
Jerusalem (Reuters) - Researchers in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Germany are pursuing a project to transform female freshwater fish into males, a sex change they hope will put bigger fish on the dinner table.
Male fish are larger, grow faster and weigh about a third more than females, Mutaz Qutob, a Palestinian researcher involved in the experiments, said on Tuesday.
As part of a project with Hebrew University and Germany's University of Hohenheim, Qutob and his colleagues will inject compounds from ... [more]
HealthNewsDigest.com - Menninger Adolescent Treatment Program
Houston, Texas - Rob never felt like he fit in. The 16-year-old high school student didn’t like “masculine” interests like sports, cars or gaming like the rest of the boys. He felt more comfortable around girls. And he knew it sounded strange, but he felt like he should be a girl.
Yet, he knew he was not gay, as his parents had suggested. Feeling misunderstood, Rob sank into depression and isolated himself from his family and friends. His schoolwork and social life suffered from his confusion and distr... [more]
With the crack of a whip and swish of maracas, dozens of prostitutes from Bangladesh to Brazil and from Cambodia to Canada demanded recognition of their frontline role in the war on AIDS.
"Sex Workers' Rights: Time to Deliver," they chanted Wednesday, as their rowdy protest echoed through the vast Toronto conference centre hosting the world's biggest-ever meeting on a disease which has filled 25 million graves.
When identity is not a question (Jul 31, 2006)
LATimes.com - Yolanda Reid Chassiakos
The patient never wavered in her quest for a new gender. If only her doctor could be as certain.
The chief complaint written on the young woman's chart was typically vague — "personal concern." It's a catch-all phrase used at check-... [more]
Clinic to host first-ever transgender healthcare forum (Jul 29, 2006)
HoustonVoice.com - Eric Ervin
Dr. Wayne Bockman, who oversees transgender care at Legacy Community Health Services, has seen the horror stories of transgender persons who will stop at nothing for change.
Many who can’t afford professional medical treatment desperately w... [more]
Ben Barres has a distinct edge over the many others who have joined the debate about whether men's brains are innately better suited for science than women's. He doesn't just make an abstract argument about the similarities and differences between the genders; he has li... [more]
The wonders of the female hormone (Jun 28, 2006)
Advocate.com - Joanne Herman
For male-to-female transsexuals, estrogen can deliver soft skin, sensuous curves, and a profound sense of harmony - but it’s no magic bullet.
Forgive me while I dip into my prior (male) life for a proper analogy to describe what it was like... [more]
Time for rethink on the clitoris (Jun 12, 2006)
News.BBC.co.uk - Sharon Mascall
For two millennia it was a "little hill" - the meaning of kleitoris, its root word in Greek.
But an Australian urologist, Dr Helen O'Connell, has revealed that the clitoris is shaped more like a mountain than a hill.
Her wo... [more]
Patient says life is good if you get help, listen to doc (Jun 5, 2006)
Detroit Free Press - Patricia Anstett
He is a man who has chosen to live his life as a woman.
He likes dresses, Barbie dolls and animals.
He has breast implants.
For more than 30 years, Robert Wray worked as a stripper and female impersonat... [more]
Va. Studies Medical Needs of Transgender (May 5, 2006)
chron.com - Dionne Walker - Associated Press Writer
For all the primping, powdering and pumping up many transgender men and women will do to pass as the opposite sex, there's one thing health care experts say too many of them can't stomach: a visit to the doctor.
A heal... [more]
Opinion: The Plight of Transgenders in Healthcare (Apr 27, 2006)
Synapse - The UCSF Student Newspaper - Zahra Kassamali - Staff Writer
The transgender population is a group grossly overlooked in healthcare. Considering even the most basic questions on a medical history, the transgender patient runs into a dilemma at the point when asked, male or f... [more]
Forget Adam and Steve...Is Adam Really Eve? (Apr 5, 2006)
queerplanet.us - Jaeda
A Realization Regarding the Gay Gene Debate
For years, in an attempt at defending ourselves against both the “homosexuality is a sin, you’re going to hell” contingent, and the “homosexuality is a mental disorder, you’re a pervert” delegation, the ... [more]
Doubt cast on 'ancient asexual' (Mar 30, 2006)
By Rebecca Morelle - BBC News science reporter
A shrimp-like creature may have to forfeit its claim to be the longest abstainer from sex in the animal world.
The discovery of three living male specimens casts doubt on the idea that the Darwinulidae family has been femal... [more]
The Science Of Sexual Orientation (Mar 14, 2006)
By Shari Finkelstein ©MMVI, CBS Broadcasting Inc.
There are few issues as hotly contested — and as poorly understood — as the question of what makes a person gay or straight. It's not only a political, social, and religious question but also a scientific question, one that might somed... [more]
FDA endorses 2d firm on silicone implant sales (Sep 22, 2005)
By Diedtra Henderson, Globe Staff | September 22, 2005
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration yesterday told a second manufacturer it is willing to approve wider sales of its silicone gel-filled breast implants, which are expected to return to the US market by year's end.
Death Shows Danger of Silicone Injections (Apr 5, 2004)
ALBANY, Ga. -- The death of a transsexual who received injections of industrial-grade silicone illustrates the dangers of "pumping," a thriving underground practice in motel rooms or apartments among men living as women.
Authorities say 23-year-old Andre D. Jeter suffered convulsi... [more]
Is sexual identity hard-wired by genes? (Oct 20, 2003)
Genetics may explain male-female differences, scientists say
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 — Sexual identity is wired into the genes, which discounts the concept that homosexuality and transgender sexuality are a choice, California researchers reported on Monday.